2017
Annual Elks Firefighter’s Recognition Night
    On Tuesday, January 3, 2017 the Lancaster Elks Lodge #1625 held it’s annual event to recognize deserving Lancaster Firefighters who exemplified themselves while on duty for the citizens of Antelope Valley and the surrounding areas of Los Angeles County. Guest Speakers were Battalion 11 Fire Chief Trent Aronson of Fire Station 134, and Assistant Chief Gerald Cosey. The three recipients were Captain Mike Brown, Fire Station 134, Captain Scott Polgar, Fire Station 134, and Firefighter Specialist Steve Yoder, Fire Station 135. These recipients received an Elks Plaque recognizing them for their service to the community, through Lenny Guerra, a retired Firefighter Specialist and Elk Lodge Firefighter Chairman.
    In addition, all three recipients received a Commendation Scroll from the County of Los Angeles by Donna Termeer, Field Deputy on behalf of L.A.C. Supervisor Katharine Barger. Guerra also presented a Commendation Scroll on behalf of R. Rex Parris Mayor for the City Of Lancaster. A video was shown about the Los Angeles County Air Operations for the year of 2016, within the County of Los Angeles and surrounding areas, presented by Firefighter Para-Medic Mike Dubron, homebased in the City of Pacoima. 100 persons were in attendance consisting of Elk members, wives, guests, as well as the recipient’s families and members of different Lancaster Fire Departments. The recipients and family members were guests of the Lodge for dinner.

Introducing the two guest speakers and three Recipients to Lodge.

Lenny Guerra retired Firefighter Specialist
and Lodge Firefighter Chairman.

Donna Termeer, Field Deputy

Firefighter Specialist Mike Dubron homebased
City of Pacoima who presented Video.

Guerra presenting Elk Lodge Plaque to
Captain Scott Polgar, Station 134.

Captain Scott Polgar receiving Lancaster Commendation Scroll by Lenny Guerra, on
behalf of R. Rex Parris Mayor of Lancaster.

Captain Scott Polgar and Donna Termeer, Field Deputy presented a LA County Commendation Scroll on behalf of L.A. County Supervisor Katharine Barger.

Captain Scott Brown receiving Plaque from Guerra.

Brown receiving Scroll from Guerra Lancaster Scroll.

Brown receiving L.A. County Commendation
Scroll from Donna Termeer.

Firefighter Specialist Steve Yoder Fire Station
135 receiving Plaque from Guerra.

Firefighter Specialist Steve Yoder Fire Station
135 receiving Plaque from Guerra.

Firefighter Specialist Steve Yoder Fire Station
135 receiving Plaque Donna Termeer

Donna Termeer (intro speech)

Assistant Battalion 11 Chief Gerald Cosey.

Battalion 11 Fire Chief Trent Aronson. Fire Station 134

L-Rt: Battalion Chief Trent Aronson, Firefighter Specialist Steve Yoder Fire Station 135,
Captain Mike Brown Station 134, Exalted Ruler William “Bill” Brehm, Captain
Scott Polgar Station 134, Lenny Guerra, and Assistant Fire Chief Gerald Cosey.

Captain Brown’s family.

Captain Scott Polgar’s family.

Firefighter Specialist Steve Yoder’s family.
2016
On Friday, August 5, 2016 the Lancaster Elks Mixed Bowling Team bowl weekly at the Sands Bowling Alley. During their annual get together, the members of the league have a 50/50 drawing. They decide where half of the proceeds will be donated to. This year, Art Hiley, the League President, along with other members of the bowling league presented a check for $350.00 to the homes Supervising Rehabilitation Therapist, Lawrence Hawkins. The presentation was in front of the homes attendees while they were playing bingo. Those in attendance was ER William “Bill” Brehm, Chaplain Cynthia Brehm, Inner Guard Marcy Simily, Assistant Inner Guard Art Hiley, Trustee Sid Simily, Carol Idlemen, and Bob Farris.
Elks Lodge 1625 Hosts Annual
Veteran's Pancake Breakfast

Lancaster lodge was proud of our members who contributed their time and efforts towards the Veterans' Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, Nov. 14th.  Several displays were available for viewing, including a grand display of military items and pictures from our fellow Elks, Sherry and Steve Harris and other friends of the lodge.  Lancaster lodge is proud to have the Antelope Valley U.S. Naval Sea Cadets as "member" and friend for their service and participation in many of our activities. When you see our future leaders and prominent citizens around, please thank them for their services and volunteerism.


Members pictured on the serving line, l/r:  Phil Oaks, Marcy Simily, Sid Simily, Carol Idleman and Art Hiley.

2015
2nd Annual BPOE 1625
Bartenders Brawl
Our Lodge was the scene for its 2nd Annual Bartender's Brawl (a charitable event), Saturday, April 4, 2015. With participation from bartenders at local establishments and our own, volunteers and a great fun group of attendees, our Lodge was able to be recipients of the generous donated time and services of all involved.  Our "fun time" and generosity contributed $2100 to the Elks National Foundation.  Thanks again to all. Attached photos:  attendees and participating bartenders.
Submitted by:  Jay Jenkins 

2014

Dave Nelson president and Pat Stevenson 50/50 chairperson from Lancaster Elks Lodge 1625 bowling league presents $700 from Elks bowlers, to Jamie Goodreau for support of operation OATH.Presentation was at the Gary Sinise concert to support OATH”S effort to raise funds for Veteran Jerral Hancock who was severally injured
while on patrol duty in May of 2007, in Iraq.These funds will help build a new handicapped accessible home for Jerral.


Lancaster Elks Lodge Donates Dictionaries To Schools
Spreading the Words Throughout the Desert
 
     On a recent morning just after the start of the new semester, Lancaster (CA) Lodge #1625 fellow members Ray Pompey (PSVP, PER) and Gerald Willis were enroute to visit Eastside Elementary School in Lancaster.  The beautiful weather foretold the warm greetings that awaited them, led by school principal Ms. Margo Deal.  This stop was just one of more than 50 scheduled this school-year in the Antelope Valley and beyond, to advance Ray's passion of sharing knowledge with children.  This effort is accomplished through the distribution of dictionaries expressly for 3rd graders in both public and private schools.  Ms. Deal, very aware of the guest's past visits to the school, led Ray and Gerald (who were joined by fellow Lodge members Stan Foster, PR Senior Advisor and Jay Jenkins, PR Chairman) into the cafeteria. With the entry of 125 third graders and their 5 teachers, Ray immediately knew he had probably no more than 20 minutes to hold their attention so he worked briskly.  Holding up a copy of the dictionary and touching on the information within--from Presidents to Astronomy--Ray drew a few chuckles with his genuine folksy style; self-deprecating humor and not to mention his Sponge Bob impression. Ray also includes a drug and alcohol awareness presentation when speaking with the kids.
    After about 20 minutes, the "restless" seemed truly grateful for individually receiving their dictionaries and a few "high-fives" were thrown Ray's way upon their exiting.  One visit down; 49 plus to go. Ray Pompey is a 17 year member of the Lancaster Lodge and has held various positions throughout his lodge, district and state.
 


Note: In first photo (January, 2014):  Ray Pompey on a recent school visit with Stan
Foster (background) assisting.

  Born in Los Angeles and raised in the Antelope Valley, this locally retired businessman along with his very supportive wife of 37 years Lyn considers himself a "kids-guy".  When asked the origin of his involvement with the distribution of the dictionaries, Ray mentioned that 9 years ago the lodge wanted to step-up its efforts in this activity and he just "picked up the ball and ran with it" after seeing the joy and gratitude displayed by these young recipients.  Another "Rayism" is "this dictionary program is like fishing; do it once and you are hooked."  This must be true in that Ray has a rotating legion of volunteers assisting on his visits, as well as lodge and family support of his delicious "Noodle Night" dinners which help fund this rewarding effort.
 
     Elkdom in the Antelope Valley (60 miles NE of downtown Los Angeles) is thriving and being shared with all, including those as young as third graders.
Submitted by:  Jay Jenkins; Lancaster Lodge #1625; Chairman, Public & Media Relations.


Ray Pompey with Jerry Mundell Assisting